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TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY IN HISTORY—FEBRUARY 02, 2020:
Ground Hog Day
Super Bowl LIV
Aerosmith featuring Rick Dufay, the Hollies featuring Graham Nash, and the Steve Miller Band featuring Ross Valory:
- 962: Pope John Paul XII crowns German King Otto I the Great
- 1536: Pedro de Mendoza of Spain founded present-day Buenos Aires, Argentina.
- 1653: City leaders incorporated New Amsterdam—now New York City—on this date.
- 1709: After suffering shipwreck for five years, British sailor Andrew Selkirk undergoes rescue, which serves as the inspiration for the story of “Robinson Crusoe.”
- 1811: Russian colonists found Ross settlement north of San Francisco.
- 1848: The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo, ending the Mexican American War, underwent signing, which led to the U.S. purchasing California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico from Mexico for $15 million. Some feel that it is this conflict that drives the Mexican Reconquista to reclaim these lands for Mexico. Meanwhile, the first group of Chinese immigrants arrives in San Francisco, California.
- 1863: Samuel Langhorne Clemons used a pseudonym for the first time—Mark Twain.
- 1870: The “Cardiff Giant,” supposedly the petrified remains of a human discovered in Cardiff, New York, is nothing more than carved gypsum as proven by scientists.
- 1876: The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (known as the National League) formed in New York City.
- 1878: Greece declares war on the Ottoman Empire.
- 1882: Irish poet and novelist James Joyce was born in a town near Dublin, Ireland, on this date.
- 1887: Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, held its first Groundhog Day Festival.
- 1892: William Painter patented the bottle cap on this date.
- 1893: The Edison Studio in West Orange, N.J., made history when they filmed the first motion picture close-up. Thomas A. Edison owned the groundbreaking studio.
- 1912: Frederick R. Law parachuted from the torch of the Statue of Liberty in a stunt filmed by Pathe News.
- 1913: New York City’s rebuilt Grand Central Terminal officially opened to the public.
- 1914: Charles Chaplin made his movie debut as the comedy short “Making a Living” hit movie theaters.
- 1915: Israeli political leader Abba Eban was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
- 1922: The James Joyce novel “Ulysses” undergoes publication in Paris on Joyce’s 40th
- 1923: The United States signs a treaty of friendship with Central American
- 1932: Convicted of tax fraud, mobster Al Capone heads for federal prison.
- 1933: Herman Goering prohibits communists from holding meetings in Germany.
- 1935: Leonard Keeler conducted the first test of the polygraph machine in Portage, Wisconsin.
- 1942: A Los Angeles Times editorial urges crackdown on Japanese Americans in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor sneak attack. Elsewhere in England, future guitarist/vocalist Graham Nash, who played with both the Hollies[i] and with Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)[ii], is born.
- 1943: The remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory for the Soviets in World War II.
- 1945: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill left for a summit in Yalta with Soviet leader Josef Stalin.
- 1946: Manufacturers created the first Buck Rogers automatic pistol on this date.
- 1948: President Harry S. Truman urges Congress to adapt a Civil Rights
- 1949: Ross Valory, future bassist with the Steve Miller Band[iii] (“Rock Love” album) and for Journey[iv] was born on this date. Elsewhere, golfer Ben Hogan suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident on this date.
- 1952: Future rock guitarist, Rick Dufay, who would fill in for Joe Perry with Aerosmith[v], 1980-1984, is born in the USA on this date.
- 1957: The United Nations adopts a resolution calling for a withdrawal of Israeli troops following the Suez Canal Crisis.
- 1958: Syria joins Egypt in the United Arab Republic.
- 1959: Coach Vincent Lombardi signs a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers. Meanwhile, rocker Buddy Holly gives his final performance.
- 1961: Hijackers of a Portuguese ocean liner, the Santa Maria, allowed the passengers and crew to disembark in Brazil, a week and a half after seizing the ship.
- 1962: Eight of nine planets align for the first time in 400 years.
- 1964: Ranger 6, a lunar probe launched by NASA, crashed onto the surface of the moon as planned, but failed to send back any TV images.
- 1967: The American Basketball Association underwent formation by representatives of the NBA.
- 1971: Idi Amin, having seized power in Uganda by ousting President Milton Obote, proclaims himself president.
- 1980: NBC News reported the FBI had conducted a sting operation targeting members of Congress using phony Arab businesspersons in what the nation would know as “Abscam.”
- 1982: Syrian government troops battle Islamic fundamentalists in Hama, Syria.
- 1988: In a speech, the broadcast networks declined to carry live, President Ronald Reagan pressed his case for aid to the Nicaraguan Contras ahead of a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives. The three major broadcast TV networks declined to carry the speech, which was covered by CNN; a divided House voted to reject Reagan’s request for $36.2 million in new aid. The fact that the television networks will collude to prevent a Republican president from getting his message out is why President Donald J. Trump, 31 years later, uses Twitter to get word to the American people.
- 1989: The final Russian armored column left Kabul, Afghanistan, after nine years of military occupation.
- 1990: South African President FW de Klerk announces he will free Nelson Mandela and will legalize 60 political parties including the African National Congress.
- 1998: President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton introduced the first balanced budget in 30 years.
- 2003: The American Football Conference won the Pro Bowl defeating the National Football Conference 45-20.
- 2008: A gunman killed five women at a Lane Bryant store in Tinley Park, Illinois; in an apparent botched robbery attempt, (the case remains unsolved).
- 2011: Egypt announces it will partially restore use of the Internet, which it had clamped down on five days earlier due to rising street protests.
- 2012: In Kuwait, citizens go to the polls for parliamentary elections.
- 2013: In a speech directed at Japan’s Self-Defense Forces, the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, vows to defend the Senkaku Islands.
- 2014: The Super Bowl takes place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey; the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8, a historic win for the Seahawks, who have not won a major championship in 30 years.
- 2015: The four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta go on display at the British Library in London; access is limited to scholars and to 1,215 viewers from all over the world whom a lottery selected.
- 2018: At the sentencing hearing in Michigan for former sports doctor Larry Nassar, a distraught father of three girls who’d been sexually abused by this POS attempted to attack Nassar before sheriff’s deputies tackled him and hauled him out of court. Randall Margraves later apologized; the judge said there was “no way” she would fine him or send him to jail for trying to attack Dr. Nassar. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 650 points as the stock market completed its worst week in two years amid fears of inflation and disappointing quarterly results from technology and energy giants.
- 2020: Today in Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers. In a hard-fought game, the Kansas City Chiefs under Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes beat Coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo by a final score of 31-20. We predicted early on that the 49ers and the New England Patriots would meet in Super Bowl LIV but the playoffs saw us half-right. Pats out in the Wild Card round and instead of the 49ers winning the big prize, the Chiefs won their second overall championship and their first in 50 years. Wow. Patrick Mahomes is the MVP. Congratulations to him, the youngest player to ever be MVP of a Super Bowl.
[i] We shared the music of the Hollies with the world beginning on Monday, 29-August-2016 through Thursday, 03-November-2016.
[ii] We hope to promote the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as of each member’s solo careers along with Crazy Horse within the next 5-7 years. Please remain vigilant for when we do.
[iii] We began promoting the music of the Steve Miller Band beginning on Wednesday, 27-July-2011 through Wednesday, 24-August-2011 and then did a second stint on Sunday, 20-April-2014. We hope you will check the music of this amazing San Francisco, California, acid-rock blues band.
[iv] We should have promoted the music of Journey around the time we did the music of Santana. We hope to do so sometime within the next 10-12 years. We hope you will remain alert for the day when we do.
[v] We look forward to promoting the music of Aerosmith one day. We hope within the next 8-10 years. Remain vigilant.